Monday, December 7, 2009
ASHLEY-HUBER COAL BREAKER I, PA
(click to enlarge image)
Pt. 1 of 3
Long before I ever experienced St. Nicholas, the Ashley-Huber Breaker was on the list of sites to photograph. Construction for the Maxwell Breaker began in 1892 and was completed in 1895, named after DL&W Co. President, Roger Maxwell. And while the name has changed many times over the years, it was a move in 1928 that gave Ashley-Huber its legend; they experimented with dying their coal blue. Then, in 1976 – after 81 years in business – the colliery shut its doors for good. Currently, the Huber Breaker Preservation Society, a non-profit corporation, is busy doing its best to preserve the breaker and the surrounding land before time and teenage vandals take too large of a toll.
(Ashley-Huber Breaker, August 18, 1954,
courtesy of the Library of Congress)